Imagine winning the lottery and money was no problem; well if that was the case then staying in some of the most extravagant hotels around the world would surely be on your list of things to do! So if you were a recent lotto winner, these would be our top suggestions to relieve that bundle burning a hole in your pocket...
Mardan Palace, Turkey
The Mardan Palace is made up of a magnificent 10,000 square metres of gold leaf, 500,000 crystals and 23,000 square metres of Italian marble. If you can afford the 14,000 Euros per night price tag, you’ll have the luxury of your own private pool as well as be able to make the most of the hotels 11 restaurants, 14 bars, impressive 7500m2 Spa and Health centre. It’s easy to see how this hotel has a reputation as a palace of excess and luxury and is frequented by stars such as Paris Hilton, Richard Gere and Mariah Carey. There is also a five-acre swimming pool that you can take gondola rides on, gold-plated mirrors in rooms and a private beach with sand imported from Egypt.
Atlantis,The Palm, Dubai
The Atlantis is the flagship resort on The Palm Jumeirah. The 1,539-room complex is built on a 46 hectare site with 17 hectares of water themed amusement at Aquaventure, extensive fresh and salt-water pools and lagoon exhibits, an open-air marine habitat, a seemingly endless stretch of beach, luxury boutiques, numerous dining choices including four celebrity chef restaurants, an exciting nightclub, a Spa and Fitness Club, and 5,600m2 of meeting and function space. You’ll need to spend longer than a week here to make sure you fit everything in!
Royal Malewane, South Africa
The Royal Malewane’s is the where luxury meets safari. It’s situated on 30,000 acres of a private reserve which is great for spotting the magnificent African wildlife. There are 6 suites that each have wooden decks, a rim-flow pool and thatched gazebos where the only other guest you’ll see is the wildlife! The Royal suites are the biggest and most luxurious in Africa their complementary services include private safari drives, 4 massages per suite per day and a private butler and chef! You can also request to arrive at the Royal Malewane in an executive jet or helicopter!
Taj Lake Palace, India
Built by Maharana Jagat Singh II, 62nd successor to the royal dynasty of Mewar in 1746, Taj Lake Palace was originally designed to be a summer palace. Stretching across a four-acre island, there are now 83 rooms. 17 or which are luxury suites which come with their own treatment rooms and private Jacuzzi’s. Filled with marble pillars, intricate paintings and ornately carved wood furniture, the palace is as luxurious on the inside as it looks from the outside.
This is a private 2,200 acre island surrounded by white sand beaches and a protected coral reef. The accommodation consists of 10 free standing waterfront bures (cottages), each with a secluded garden, outdoor decks, four poster beds and oversized baths. Wakaya is also home to the Breeze Spa where you can relax in the body-temperature salt water pool overlooking the lagoon or have a soothing massage in the tranquil surroundings. This is definitely the most stress free holiday you’ll ever go on, but it comes at a big price!
Lebua Hotel at State Tower, Bangkok
Lebua Hotel is one of the most luxury hotels in Bangkok. It’s home to Sirocco, the world’s highest open air restaurant located all the way up on the 63rd floor. If you’re lucky enough to be staying in one of the 3 bedroom suites, you have a choice of four private balconies to enjoy the magnificent view from. You can also take advantage of their exclusive ‘Chef cook in your suite’ service and have the finest chef’s around cook you a delicious meal without having to leave your room.
MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas
The MGM Grand is the second largest hotel in the world. It’s rooms are located in several buildings each as extravagant as the next. The main building has 4,293 rooms and 751 suites including the infamous SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand with 51 lofts located on the top two floors of the hotel. Next is The Signature at MGM Grand. These towers each have 576 suites and are the only non-gaming buildings. Finally, there is The Mansion. This final resort is 29 villas set on 290,000 square feet. The houses are all richly appointed in a mix of casual and elegant Tuscan furnishings, designed to make visitors feel as though they are staying in an Italian palazzo.
Palazzo Versace Hotel, Australia
This is the world’s first Versace hotel and it is located on the Gold Coast in Australia. It has 205 stylish rooms, 72 neighbouring condominiums, 3 award winning restaurants and its own private marina! This hotel is most commonly known as the one used for ‘I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!’ for when the celebrities are voted out – you’d want to be the first one voted out if you got to stay in this luxurious hotel afterwards!
The Leela Palace Kempinski Udaipur, India
Standing majestically on the rim of Lake Pichola, The Leela Palace Kempinski Udaipur lights up the Indian night sky with the light of its 80 rooms. The hotel has recently been awarded the 'Ultimate in Luxury' 2010 award by SATTE and is a new entry on the Conde Nast Gold List 2010. This comes as no surprise thanks to restaurants overlooking the picturesque heritage city, 54 sq. mts of spacious interiors and relaxing Spa, complete with 14 treatments rooms set amidst fragrant trees and landscaped gardens with fantastic views.
Fregate Island, Seychelles
This is a private Island resort which has only 16 villas and one presidential villa. Only a certain number of guests are allowed at one time to ensure complete privacy. Each villa has its own private infinity pool, day bed, Jacuzzi, and private butler. Fregate Island is the perfect island to do nothing. But for those that can’t sit still, the island offers some great activities including going fishing on the Fregate Bird (a 43 foot yacht) and if you manage to catch any fish the chefs will prepare them and serve them to you for dinner!
The Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi
The Emirates Palace is located in Abu Dhabi and is only the second seven-star hotel in the world! The hotel cost $3billion to build and has 1.3 km of private white sandy beach. It is also surrounded by 85 hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens. The hotel has a total of 302 rooms and 92 suites each decorated with an Arabian theme that include luxurious marble and gold leaf. In fact the whole hotel is covered with 6,000m² of 22-carat gold leaf – no wonder it cost so much to build!